Sunday, September 16, 2007

fruit files and persuations.

For studio, we are looking at different profiles. Profiles types that I was looking at originally were:

1.Homeless people (a great possibly and something that I am interested in as a subculture) Homeless people live in other spaces and among the existing infrastructures. Through technological advancements, society can move towards a more nomadic lifestyle via gadgets and gizmos, surviving and plugging in here and there. (Insert a dreamscape of Archigram). So where will the homeless population, these current nomads, find themselves then? What can we learn from the wanderer's ways?

2. signs of LA, specifically how they work, material in conjunction with purpose, how are Korean restaurant signs different than liquor/"girls,girls,girls" signs?, etc. Looking at the intent and who they are attracting...

3. observation of a specific place and those who interact with it over a set amount of time. The place is/was the Brite Spot in Echo Park since they are open from 6am to 4am, the e
volution of the place and inhabitants through time and there mannerisms change drastically while the function is constant. I went and did observations this past weekend at different times. I did not make it to the 4am closing time though., specifically raw foods, looking at the nutrients and taste(chemicals) and then categorizing them or clumping them with shared traits and benefits. On a personal note, I have been recently interested in the combination of flavors and how recipes are put together. The original intent could have led to a mix and match "make" book where people could start to formulate different combinations of sweet/salty/sour/savory/bitter.

So I've decided to continue with the food and roll with it. It seems basic but it has been expanding in many different aspects and situations.

Nutritional values are existing ways of judging fruit for calories, vitamin, and mineral content. When you buy fruit in the grocery store, those values are not typically advertised unlike processed food. What if that was given to you when you brought the food items? Ways of scanning not just your prices but your total calories you are purchasing? Maybe not just the amount of calories you are digesting but what it it was the amount of energy it took for that piece of fruit to get to you?

A project by
Matias Viegener, David Burns, and Austin Young from the Journal of Aesthetics and Protest is the Fallen Fruit: A Mapping of Food Resources in Los Angeles. They mapped the "public" fruit in their own neighborhood of Silver Lake.

Free food is available at every time of the year on the streets of Los Angeles. According to the law, if a fruit tree grows on or over public property, the fruit is no longer the sole property of the owner. Fruit trees in particular are highly decorative, and often demand no greater care than any other landscape ornamental. Los Angeles is particularly rich in this respect: bananas, peaches, avocados, lemons, oranges, limes, kumquats, loquats, apples, plums, passion fruit, walnuts, pomegranates and guavas, just to name a few, grow year round in every neighborhood in the city. These fruits ripen at different seasons, so free food is available year round in Los Angeles."

That's a lot of nourishment for low (no) costs. City Planning could start to integrate fruit street trees into their master plan. *This has effects on the first profile list I was looking at, the urban nomads.*

Also, looking at the fruits not just for nourishment, but also for medical/environmental benefits. Apples,(yes they keep the doctor away), have natural UV-B protective quercitin glycosides in their own sun-exposed skin. This antioxidant flavoniod could be planted in climates where the suns rays are more harsh.

The fruits also can be categorized by products they can be processed into. I am not talking about fruit juice and wine here. I am talking about PLASTIC! While at the Wired Next Fest,
I came across the Novomer plastics. They make plastic from limonene, which is found in orange rind.

Now to make some spiffy diagrams...

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